What is NoAds.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the NoAds.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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NoAds.exe file information

The process known as NoAds belongs to software NoAds by South Bay Software (

Description: NoAds.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The NoAds.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 151,552 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 122,880 bytes or 126,976 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. NoAds.exe is not a Windows core file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 45% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you still experience problems with NoAds.exe, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramNoAds.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as NoAds.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the NoAds.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Small PopUp-Blocker. I'm not aware it will ever install itself without the users knowledge
Made for Windows95/XP as a popup blocker Will run on Vista/7 with no problem
  gemeod   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of NoAds.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think NoAds.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving NoAds issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with NoAds. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the NoAds.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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